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Our 23nd Annual Open House

2014-08-11 12:40:50 hhadmin

Can you believe this will be our 23rd Hoyle Historic Homestead Open House?

This year it takes place on Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. We will feature tours of the Hoyle House as well as a brief program, music, entertainment, re-enactors, vendors with lots of different wares and information, food and drinks and a table devoted to genealogy.

The cost to attend is zero… it’s free!  Come on out and enjoy the hotdogs and fixings, t-shirts, baked goodies for sale (while admission is free we have to charge for the hotdogs and other food).

We will also be accepting donations to help us continue to restore the Hoyle Historic Homestead and any amount is always greatly appreciated.

The Hoyle Historic Homestead is located at 1214 Dallas Stanley Highway in Dallas, NC 28034-0235.


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We Need Your Help

2014-08-05 15:19:59 hhadmin

These are immediate needs for the Hoyle House which need donations. Please consider donating today to help take care of these problems.

Memorial Garden-   which will have the available Hoyle tombstones fixed and placed in a fenced in area between the house and the barn. It will also have a bench which would allow two people to sit and reflect. It will be enclosed with a permanent white picket fence.

Gutters-  rain is deteriorating the east porch and needs gutters on the upper level.

House security-  the house needs to have five doors to secure the structure. Needs one door new and the other doors properly installed with deadbolts. This will not hinder long range planning for the building.

Walnut tree trimming-  At present the large walnut tree next to the west porch has huge limbs hanging over the house and need cutting back to protect the building.

Exterior Stand alone Restrooms- This is a large capital expense and needs to be done soon so that we can have more events at the house. This is crucial to the future of the site.

Thank you for your consideration and interest in restoring the Hoyle Historic Homestead.

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Hoyle House is Pest Free

2014-07-21 12:00:35 hhadmin

At the last board meeting there was discussion regarding the need to have the house, buildings and grounds treated for pests.

The executive committee located a service provider and decided to move forward with the treatment.

On Saturday, July 12 I met the service provider, Johnny Buff, at the Hoyle House to conduct the comprehensive treatment process.  We were on site for approximately 5 hours.  The following areas were treated:

Main House – exterior and interior
Well House – exterior and interior
White Building – exterior and interior
Barn – exterior and interior
Parking Area
Grounds inside the fence
Trees inside the fence

As those of you who have attended an Open House know, we have an issue on the property regarding tent caterpillars.  For whatever reason these caterpillars love the walnut trees.  The trees were heavily infested.  It looks like they become very active in the May / June timeframe.  Johnny sprayed all of the nests that he could reach with his equipment, but he could not reach the nests in the top of the trees.  Johnny treated the trees and the soil around the trees heavily in an attempt to cut down on the caterpillars next year.  We will have to treat the ground again in the spring.  Chances are that once Open House rolls around the nests will be visible and cause concern for some folks but not to worry because we have treated the trees and soil and are trying to get ahead of the caterpillars for next year.

I visited the site again on Monday, July 14 and didn’t see any flying insects at all.  All wasp nests that we encountered were empty.  The caterpillar nests that were sprayed contained dead caterpillars.  I didn’t notice any pest activity at all.

Johnny did a great job for us and has volunteered to come back before open house just to make sure there aren’t any issues. He plans on bringing his family to our Open House as well.

Best regards,

Patrick Messer

HHH Secretary

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Archeological Dig At The Gas House

2014-05-11 11:20:56 hhadmin

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Philip Cornette, under the supervision of Dr. Alan May (Alan May, Ph.D., RPA, Curator of Archaeology, Schiele Museum of Natural History) completed an archeological dig where the old Gas House used to be.

Philip Cornette created the following slide show for us.

The Hoyle Historic Homestead Board would like to thank Philip, Dr. May, and everyone else that participated.

 

 

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More About The Hoyle Historic Homestead

The Hoyle Historic Homestead is Gaston County’s oldest home.  It dates back to circa late 1700’s and is located at 1214 Dallas Stanley Highway in Dallas, NC 28034-0235.

A non-profit educational organization, The Hoyle Historic Homestead, Inc. seeks to restore and protect this home of Peter Hoyle, sometimes spelled Heil, Heyl or Hoyl in old documents.  Hoyle was part of the 18th Century settling of the North Carolina Piedmont by German and Scot-Irish Great Wagon and Wilderness Roads - Hoyle Historic Homestead Imageimmigrants traveling the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road south through the Shenandoah Valley then into the Carolinas. (map courtesy of CSI/ISI.)

The home is important not only for its antiquity, but also for its construction.  The house and outbuildings are on the site where Peiter Heyl was granted a land grant in 1754.  The main house was built during the late 1700’s.  It features rare corner post construction and is the only known remaining structure in North Carolina with this type of construction.  This was also the site of Hoylesville, the first Federal Post Office in present day Gaston County.

The site was purchased by Hoyle Historic Homestead Inc., in 1991 to preserve and restore this very important part of regional history.  In 1993 it was placed on the National Historical Register.

Join Us Today…

Consider joining as a member of the Hoyle Historic Homestead, Inc., as well as volunteering for our various projects related to restoring this building.  Contact HHHI by clicking here to go to our contact page, click here to email us, or by writing to:

Hoyle Historic Homestead, Inc.
PO Box 235, Dallas, NC 28034-0235

The Hoyle Historic Homestead’s physical address is:

1214 Dallas Stanley Highway
Dallas, NC 28034-0235


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